THE stars of promotion-chasing York City FC have put pen to paper on one of the most important contracts of their lives.

And today’s match at Bootham Crescent will give supporters the chance to follow their example, by signing up to the national Organ Donor Register.

Members of the Bootham Crescent first-team squad took time out at their Wigginton Road training ground on Friday to back The Press’s Lifesavers campaign, which the club is formally backing.

We launched the campaign in December, following the death of 22-year-old Miss York finalist Emma Young who died while awaiting a double-lung transplant.

City manager Martin Foyle called on fans to play their part in minimising the chances of such tragedies happening again.

He said: “We think it is important to assist The Press’s Lifesavers campaign and the club is pleased to lend its support.

“If you feel positively about organ donation, please join the donor list. Lives, like Emma Young’s, could be saved.

“Don’t just think about it – please take action and do it.”

Details of the campaign will be included in the match programme today, when high-flying City look to consolidate their place in the Blue Square Premier play-off spots, at home to Altrincham.

Donor register forms will then be handed out to fans as they leave the ground. The Lifesavers campaign aims to get an extra 20,000 people in The Press’s circulation area to sign up to the Organ Donor Register by the end of the year.

It also aims to increase awareness of organ donation and to re-open the debate on whether Britain should introduce an “opt-out” system, which would mean people’s organs could be transplanted when they die unless they have explicitly objected while alive.

To join the Organ Donation Register, phone 0300 123 23 23, visit or text SAVE to 84118.